Digiweb revolutionise the telecommunications landscape in Ireland

·        Metro redefines entry-level broadband in Ireland as 3 Mbps ·        High speed broadband and full digital telephony with standard phone numbers and free calls ·        Live network simultaneously launched for Dublin, Galway, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Dundalk today ·        Wholesale network access offered immediately to other established operators Digiweb today announced that it is revolutionising the Telecommunications and Broadband landscape in Ireland with the launch of its new Metro network – the first and only alternative last-mile access network to compete with the copper local loop for voice and data services. Metro technology effectively addresses what has been missing in Ireland to date – genuine telecommunications platform competition. Digiweb has been engaged in research and development of Metro for over a year, combining leading technologies and protocols from the Wireless and Cable Modem industries. Metro is Ireland’s most extensive DOCSIS 2.0 cable modem system delivered on one of the most advanced licensed wireless platforms available today. Commenting on the Launch, Mr Noel Dempsey TD, Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources stated: “The new service represents a major leap forward in the provision of wireless broadband to the Irish market.   It bypasses the difficulties of Local Loop Unbundling and is completely independent of the traditional telephone networks. I congratulate Digiweb for their energy and enthusiasm in bringing the next generation of wireless broadband services to the market.” In parallel to launching its range of Retail services today, and in stark contrast to the recent highly publicised difficulties in Local Loop Unbundling in Ireland, Digiweb are inviting the other established carriers and operators to avail of wholesale access to...

Digiweb announces significant Irish jobs creation

* Digiweb to Double staff in coming months * New offices to open in Citywest, Dublin and Limerick * Gearing up to support Digiweb’s soon to be launched next generation communications network Broadband provider Digiweb today announced that the company will double staff numbers to 120 before the end of 2005 and is opening new offices in Dublin and Limerick immediately. The new Dublin office is located in Citywest Business Park and will support the Company’s looming launch into the Dublin market. The new recruitment drive will staff the Dublin and Limerick offices, and add to existing personnel at Digiweb’s Dundalk and Waterford locations. Commenting on the expansion, Colm Piercy, Managing Director stated “In March of this year we promised that Digiweb would redefine broadband in Ireland before the end of 2005 and over the coming weeks we will make good on our promise. Our new network will redefine market expectations of broadband and telephony services in Ireland . These services are going to be a big hit and we’re looking for enthusiastic, motivated professionals to join our team for this exciting expansion”. The planned new telephony and broadband services will extend to many more customers than existing broadband offerings can reach, and will not require customers to have a traditional copper line to avail of full service telephony and broadband services. Uniquely in this highly competitive market Digiweb commit to opening their network to other operators who wish to avail of flexible wholesale last-mile access to provide their own telecoms services to...

Ministers announce update on Broadband For Schools

Contracts for Delivering Broadband for Schools Now in Place All schools to have broadband access in coming school year The Ministers for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Noel Dempsey T.D., and for Education and Science, Mary Hanafin T.D., today updated progress in relation to the Schools Broadband Access Programme.  The Programme is being undertaken in partnership with industry, following the establishment of a three year €18m joint Government IBEC / TIF (Telecommunications and Internet Federation) Fund targeted at local connectivity provision to schools.  In addition local connectivity would be moderated through a National Schools Network, providing a range of security and content filtering facilities for schools. Schools will also be assisted and advised on the process through a National Service Desk. A public procurement process was undertaken in 2004 designed to achieve the optimal solution for each school having regard to the broadband delivery technology options available. This has now been completed and a mix of broadband technologies will be utilised in schools, including wireless, fixed line and satellite technologies. Further to the announcement earlier this year on the results of the competitive tender process, all seven successful operators have concluded contracts and are working to connect all schools across the country as speedily as possible in what is a complex and multi-faceted project. The final breakdown of schools awarded to successful providers is as follows: Company & No. of Schools Awarded Digiweb Ltd, 1,655 Schools Smart Telecom, 1,033 Schools Irish Broadband, 588 Schools BT Ireland, 341 Schools Last Mile, 214 Schools HS Data, 94 Schools Total Schools = 3,925 The breakdown by delivery technology will see the delivery...

Digiweb ends consumer confusion in the DSL Broadband Market

* No hidden details, no “time limits”, no increasing prices. * Free install and DSL Router with a fixed monthly fee * Massive download limits, up to 100GB per month. * Professional add on service for those who need it. In response to Customer requests and confusion in the DSL Broadband market Digiweb has today launched 4 new DSL products that aim to end the complexity in choosing a broadband supplier. The DSL products will have FREE connection and DSL router to first time connections and prices will then start at €24.75 ex VAT (€29.95 including VAT) – all products are available to business and home users alike. The products will simply be called DSL-1, DSL-2, DSL-3 and DSL-4 reflecting the technology and the download speed of each. The 12 month contract term is also reduced to six months. For people who require a full professional package for running a business or similar, Digiweb are offering an optional professional “add on” service including a wireless 4 port router, static IP address, web hosting, domain name registration, 100 email addresses, web site builder and much more. This full add on package is available at an additional €19.99 per month. Commenting on the new services, John Quinn, Head of Strategic Development commented “Digiweb are simply responding to Customer demand. There is mass confusion in the market at present with “time based” broadband products or products that have an increasing price scale after a few months. Watching the clock with broadband is a crazy concept and one which should have vanished with Dial-up narrowband. These new products are exactly what they say...

Digiweb acquires Tiscali Italy Satellite Broadband Business

Digiweb Ltd. today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Tiscali’s (http://www.tiscali.com) satellite broadband business in Italy for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition will be seamless to all of Tiscali’s Satellite Customers and Digiweb will takeover all aspects of support and the ongoing provision of services to new customers with immediate effect. Commenting on the acquisition, Declan Campbell, Operations Manager of Digiweb commented, “We are delighted to extend our broadband reach throughout Italy with this agreement, and look forward to providing our new customers with a world class service from our broadband satellite platforms. This is the first of our aggressive expansions throughout Europe and indeed globally.” Using industry leading satellite technologies and a range of satellite uplink operators, the two-way satellite broadband technology enables Digiweb to provide high speed broadband access throughout all of Europe, including many areas that the national operators do not service, without any reliance on the fixed line telephony infrastructure. In addition to Italy, Digiweb is already servicing business customers throughout Germany, France, United Kingdom and Austria. Digiweb is currently evaluating further similar acquisitions in Europe and indeed Ireland in the Broadband sector, including wireless/satellite operators and software firms who provide services that could be a good strategic fit to Digiweb’s aggressive growth plans.  Growth in Digiweb’s European business have been phenomenal and Digiweb believe that there is a fantastic opportunity to further grow this business division through organic growth and further acquisitions. The news is also good for the Irish economy. Digiweb has the expertise and skills to support its European operations from its headquarters in Dundalk and the company envisages further...